By Keith Idec
Here are results from the Jerwin Ancajas-Jonas Sultan undercard Saturday night at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California:
John Moralde made an impressive lightweight debut by beating previously undefeated Ismail Muwendo by unanimous decision in an eight-round fight.
The Philippines’ Moralde (20-1, 10 KOs) knocked down Muwendo with left hooks in the first and fifth rounds. Those knockdowns helped the 24-year-old Moralde win by scores of 76-74, 76-74 and 77-73.
The 29-year-old Muwendo (19-1, 12 KOs), a native Ugandan who fights out of Minneapolis, pressed the action throughout the bout and kept Moralde on his back foot for almost all eight rounds. He couldn’t overcome those knockdowns on the scorecards, however, and lost for the first time as a pro.
Moralde bounced back from suffering his first professional loss in his previous appearance – a technical knockout to Toka Kahn Clary on December 1 in Providence, Rhode Island. He moved up from featherweight to lightweight following that defeat.
Muwendo landed a left-right combination that affected Moralde with just under a minute to go in the eighth round. After a largely uneventful sixth round, Muwendo buzzed a tiring, backtracking Moralde with a left hook with just over 20 seconds to go in the seventh round.
Muwendo was boxing well in the fifth round until Moralde uncorked a counter left hook that dropped him with about five seconds left in it. Muwendo went down for the second time in the fight, four rounds after his first trip to the canvas, also from a left hook.
Muwendo got right up, though, and easily made it to the end of the round.
An aggressive Muwendo drilled Moralde with a straight right hand early in the fourth round that got his opponent’s attention. Muwendo defended himself better in that round as well.
Muwendo moved forward throughout the third round, often with little regard for defense. Still, Muwendo managed to land his right hand a few times in the third round, as well as a left hook to the body.
After flooring Muwendo with a left hook in the first round, Moralde continually countered him with that punch throughout the second round. Then, with about 10 seconds to go in that round, Moralde landed a straight right.
Moralde threw a left hook to Muwendo’s body before quickly unloading a left hook to his head that dropped a stunned Muwendo just after the midway point of the first round.
Isidro Ochoa, an undefeated featherweight from Fresno, won a unanimous decision over Ricardo Arias in a hard-fought six-rounder.
The 21-year-old Ochoa won by scores of 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55, to improve to 5-0 (2 KOs). Mexico’s Arias, 22, lost a third straight bout (1-4-1).
The left-handed Ochoa out-boxed Arias over most of the first three rounds.
Arias had a solid fourth round, in which he seemed to out-land Ochoa. In the fifth round, Ochoa connected with punches that drew blood from Arias’ nose.
Ochoa regained control during the sixth round and landed a hard left hand several seconds before their fight ended.
Ochoa went six rounds for the first time in a pro career that began in December 2016.
Lightweight prospect Bryan Lua floored Francisco Camacho three times in the third round on his way to stopping him in that round.
The 20-year-old Lua, of Madera, California, upped his record to 5-0 and produced his second knockout.
Lua hurt Camacho (6-8-1, 3 KOs) with a left hook to the body that produced the first of three knockdowns during the third round.
Mexico’s Camacho made it to his feet, but Lua landed a straight right hand to the body that sent him to the canvas again. A game Camacho got up again, yet he couldn’t keep Lua off of him.
Lua cracked Camacho with a combination that included a left hook and a straight right hand and dropped him again. Their fight was stopped after the third knockdown, at 2:43 of the third round.
Hard-hitting welterweight prospect Alexander Besputin knocked down veteran Saul Corral twice and stopped him in the third round of a scheduled 10-rounder.
Russia’s Besputin first floored Corral by landing a left uppercut about a minute into the third round. Mexico’s Corral reached his feet, but Besputin quickly landed two straight hands that backed Corral into a corner.
Then the 27-year-old Besputin blasted Corral with a left hand to the body that sent him to the canvas a second time. The fight was stopped immediately, at 1:34 of the third round.
The 31-year-old Corral had his three-fight winning streak snapped (28-12, 19 KOs). He lost by knockout for the fourth time in his 11-year pro career.
Lightweight Piotr Apostol defeated Carlos Castillo by unanimous decision in a four-rounder.
Apostol, a native of Moldova, remained unbeaten (5-0, 2 KOs) and won by scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37. Castillo, of Lindsay, California, lost his sixth straight fight and slipped to 4-6 (3 KOs).
Apostol landed numerous chopping right hands to Castillo’s head during the second half of the fourth round, but he couldn’t floor his tough opponent. Apostol previously landed a hard left to Castillo’s body about a minute into the fourth round.
Apostol came back from a couple shaky moments early in the first round by hitting Castillo with several right uppercuts and left hooks to the body during the second round.
In the first round, Castillo stunned Apostol twice with left hooks.
Lightweight prospect Jose Salinas knocked down overmatched Carlos Apodaca three times on his way to a second-round knockout.
The 20-year-old Salinas improved to 5-0 and recorded his second knockout.
The Fresno native dropped Apodaca with a straight left hand with about 45 seconds to go in the first round. Apodaca got up, only to have Salinas knock him down again, about 35 seconds later, after landing a flurry of punches.
Apodaca, also 20, made it to the end of the first round. Salinas swarmed him at the start of the second round, though, and put him down with another left hand very early in it.
The fight was stopped 32 seconds into the second round.
Mexico’s Apodaca (1-10-2) lost by knockout or technical knockout for the eighth time in a pro career that began just 17 months ago.